Sunday, May 4, 2008

1134 inches and still not satisfied!


Now guys, I really need for you to understand something........

The amount of excitement for a new project (see last post) is not always commensurate with the end result. I am not sure that you will be quite as excited by this as I am but here it is


My selvedge scarf.


Modelled by the rather aloof Cecilia, it is backed with a soft fake suede type fabric in chocolate brown.



Now because Robyn suggested -

I had to keep track of the measurements.

I went through my selvedge stash and measured (roughly) all the pieces. I set aside the longer pieces for a HUGE project that I have on the back-burner , but used all the pieces approx 7 inches long. I used 162 pieces of selvedge so that means a whopping 1134 inches of selvedge. (That's just a sniff over 28 metres)

Gulp.

I am really really pleased with how it looks and it is far more drapable than I thought it would be. I know selvedges aren't every ones cup of tea, but this is just slaying me- I am totally in love with it.

The only downside of course is that I have almost cleared out my stash, Papa selvedge had a still got a few, he holds all the pieces that are cut from metreage. Mamma Selvedge, well she is empty and baby selvedges has just a few wee scraps.........

I do not waste an inch!

106 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Absolutely genius. And beautiful.

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  2. Rather beautiful scarf there Missus. I *gulp* bought some fabric the other day (I don't really sew!!), would you like the selvedges?

    If so email me at trashalou@googlemail.com. :-)

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  3. Looooove the scarf - and the keychain is sooo cute!

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  4. you are a creative selvedge freak woman!i love it too!well done...

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  5. I do love your scarf! And I agree with fiona, you creative selvedge freak woman you!

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  6. Fantastic scarf! Love the keychain too.

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  7. Oh Jodie, that scarf is to die for! Absolutely droolworthy. The keychains are incredibly cute. You are too, too talented and creative for words! So original.

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  8. Excellent! That is fantastic. That scarf is very timely. You have got it bad for the selvedge. I love that you keep it stored in boxes. The key chains are so cute.

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  9. How fabby!!! Talk about thrifting... this is using every teensy weensy scrap, and with such amazing results. Gorjussssss!

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  10. Ditto Thornberry - that scarf is totally and utterly droolworthy - I gasped when I saw it! You really are the Queen of Selvedge and I am honoured to be one of your loyal followers! As for coming for a drink on my deck - I am not worthy.....grovel, grovel, grovel!

    Truly you have made a thing of absolute beauty there Jodie - really fantastic!

    Lucy x

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  11. One complaint though.........

    Why can't we enlarge the photos to have a really good drooling look?

    Snot fair!

    Lucy x

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  12. It's alright Jodie my dear. I have a new bag of selvedges waiting for you at the shop. If the foot is not up to it I can home deliver. I will be out and about tomorrow! em

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  13. Thank goodness you have Emma - because I do not believe you will be able to stop at one of these beautiful things!

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  14. PS I love the title to this post !!!!!

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  15. I like you Jodie from RicRac.

    x

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  16. Its gorgeous Jodie. Gee you make me laugh!!!

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  17. It looks wonderful! You must need to be very very patient to sew all those itty-bitty-bits together! But it sure does look great!

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  18. Love, love, love it!!! You certainly don't waste a single scrap of fabric! An inspiration to us all....

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  19. LOL - glad you took me seriously! The scarf looks great, but I adore those keychains.........

    You'll have to keep a running total from now on for every selvedge project. I was thinking the scary bit is that's 28 metres of fabric. How many more are in the house?

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  20. I loved these so much I went straight to your etsy shop to see if they were for sale!

    You are so clever!!!

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  21. You crack me up. I'm going to start trying to collect my selvedges so I can mail them to you! Do you have any particular preferences?

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  22. I am weeping at the thought of your diminishing selvedge collection. I think a 'save your selvedge' fund needs to be started. You can't be selvedgeless, it'd be like losing your soul!!!! ;)
    Fab scarf though. Although those key chains are just too darn fine for words, I think I need to have another weep....

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  23. Love it!! Another fantastic project you've done-you are amazing!

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  24. Do you realise that you will only have to wear that to all the quilt shows from now on and EVERYONE will know you!! Looks fab...and I ordered some of the keyring blanks and intend having lots of fun!
    Loved the little doll clothes tags
    Tracey

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  25. Jodie,
    You'll know if you walk past anyone the least bit fabric'aholic as they'll be craning their neck to read all the selvedges!
    The scarf is all I dreamed it might be, and more. I'm I with Lucy, why o why can't we enlarge the pics! LOL

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  26. Dude..just when I thought the selvedge bag couldn't be topped...

    Do you know I have been actually physically incapable of tossing selvedges because of you? It's bad enough I can't even toss anything over an inch...now selvedges, previously totally guilt free, have been added to the conservation list! You, m'dear, have a lot to answer for.

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  27. If selvedges aren't everyone's cup of tea, you are certainly going a long way to making sure everyone's mind is changed. I love your selvedge scarf so much it was enough to bring me out of lurkdom and comment! It's absolutely beautiful!

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  28. I think it is gorgeous! A piece of fine art almost. Great job!

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  29. How much do I love the key fobs??? They are adorable.

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  30. This is terrific -- I love it! Fantastic work!

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  31. An absolutely awesome scarf. And the keyfobs are pretty excellent too :)

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  32. i LOVE the scarf. GREAT job

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  33. HolyMoly...what a clever idea. And Brava! to you on doing all the measurements. Phew! I love the 3 little bears boxes.

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  34. Never in a million years would I have thought to do that .. love the labelled boxes too#Lisa x

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  35. I have always loved your selvedge stuff, but this is by far my favorite! I want to make one so badly but don't think I'd be able to come up with the materials! haha
    maybe I'll start cutting off pieces now ;)

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  36. Scarf....fab!!!

    Me.....speechless!!

    Well, strictly speaking I'm not actually speechless, as that is unlikely to ever happen, but your beautfiul selvedge scarf took my breath away!

    You amaze me Jodie :)

    xxxx

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  37. I never seem to have many selveges but I shall be keeping them from now on!!

    The scarf is amazing and I love the key fobs too.

    Wonderful work

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  38. Love 'em love 'em LOVE 'EM!!
    I asked my sewing friends to save me their selvedges...but I forgot to say I wanted them BEFORE they cut into the fabric, so I have a collection of 1 1/2 - 3 " strips... whwere did you say you bought the key chains?? Better have a look at that post agin.
    Such a clever clogs Jodie,
    Bye
    A

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  39. OK that's officially wonderful!!!

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  40. I agree with Smarty Pants - love the scarf and think it is a piece of modern art. The key charms are totally fab and a great idea for your mini-scraps...

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  41. I love that so much. I thought it was beautiful and then I looked again and saw what it was made from and I fell in love. Well done and the keychains are an ode to repurposing.

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  42. That is so cool! And I just love the keyrings. I'd never thought about doing anything with my selvedges, but have been recently admiring some of the ones from my Japanese cottons.

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  43. That is so cool!! I love it... I wish that I had saved all my selvedges all these years!

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  44. Now thatsa lot of selvedges and lotsa thread and lotsa lotsa tedious sewing, but it looks beyond amazing Jodie. What a beauty of a scarf, bet the brown backing makes it soft and dressy too. You're a selvedge genius girl.
    Love the Papa, Mamma, and Baby storage idea too. You are too much!

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  45. ack. you are killing me, woman...the selvage goodness is so much better than I had imagined. I love it. the key chain is so fantastic. I love that you are not wasting even an inch!

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  46. That is definitely worthy of your excitement! Love it, love it, love it.

    You are the Selvedge Queen.

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  47. I love it ... didn't you as me where I find my extra time ... and you? You are amazing!

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  48. I do love your scarf Jodie and your newest keyrings!! you are such a talented and funny lady. You really MUST write a book. Your blog is one of the cheeriest parts of my day sometimes, I REALLY look forward to catching up on the latest posts, thank you for that :)

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  49. I just LOVE this post - I have always thrown away my edges - I must keep them ... this post has totally inspired me not to waste an inch of fabric!

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  50. This is awesome! I love it! Are you selling the key rings? I'd love one if you are.
    heather-at-heatherhalesdesigns-dot-com

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  51. you are completely INSANE, in the best possible way of course (whatever that means) and I totally envy your patience at sewing all those together. I hope you wear it proudly every cold Ballarat day (so all year round then?)!

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  52. Jodie petal..

    you are certifiable, I am sure of it.. 1134"??? I bet you wish you could just BUY selvedge from the quilt shop???
    Cecilia, is she OK? she is looking a little wooden *W*




    Lissapoo
    who loves the idea of the keyring doodads too...

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  53. oooooohhhh....

    I like it. A Lot.

    xxx

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  54. Original, quirky, and WAAAYYYYYY cute. I love it!

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  55. Missus Selvedge - how fun is that!!?!!! You are scary fun!

    I hope you are happy - I can NEVER use another piece of fabric until I've cut off the selvedge and sent it your way - for pete's sake!

    Now I will be thinking of all the clothes out there in the world that still have their selvedges and no one even sees them. What a shame!

    I LOVE the key fob thingys. Those are grand!

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  56. that is a great use of selvedges. do u mind if i use your idea and make one for myself?

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  57. Very creative and unique. Well done. So how long is the scarf exactly? LOL

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  58. That is a very wicked title....... I also have a healthy love of selvage. I always cut the selvage off and throw it in a basket on my sewing table I am yet to use them not sure I have enough to make a scarf.

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  59. Jodie, love the scarf! I've been saving seldvedges... so far I started a wall pocket, but I gathered the bottom slightly, and it totally stole the joy... so I have to reverse stitch and start over.

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  60. Wow! I love it. I'm always wondering how to use the selvedge, but would never have dreamed of this. Beautiful!

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  61. You have totally inspired me to start saving my selvedges. I'm in love!

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  62. Beautiful! I've never thought to save the selvedge. The keychain is lovely too!

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  63. Jodie, that scarf is unbelievable!! You are BRILLIANT...I think it's about time you got back to that Library!! Thanks for my lovely pressie - I LOVE IT!!

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  64. I have saved every piece of selvedge for you since I saw you but I'm not sure it would even make a couple of inches on your scarf. It is absolutely brilliant Jodie - you are so innovative and clever and funny and now I think that we all have a bit of a crush on you!!
    BTW Amitie is also collecting selvedges for you - I shall organise them to be sent up pronto. Gotta keep those creative juices flowing!

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  65. Genius! I love it. I'll have to tell my Mom (the real semestress in the family) to start saving selvedge - because I would totally wear something like that with pride.

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  66. YOu have such great ideas, I love the new little key chains. Your scarf is really pretty as well and what a great way to use your selvedges.

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  67. I am impressed that you have figured out a use for the selvage. Would you like my small collection to help your depleted one. I have been saving but would rather send it to you if you could use it, because then I know that it will actually get used. email me at pampapa@snet.net if you want me to mail it to you. Pamela

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  68. Jodi, I am speechless. So inspiring.

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  69. Have you seen the cover of this motn's Real Living magazine? There is an artwork (looks like paper...hard to tell) that would look amazing done in selvedges.

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  70. Wow! It looks great. I too am a lover of selvege but not sure what I will make yet? I may start with some smaller projects. Just love yours......

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  71. This is amazing! How on earth did you think of it and do you really save every scrap???? I have never kept my selveges but think I will from now on.Love it!

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  72. oh my......you are very, very clever. i love what you do with selvedge.
    l
    x

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  73. l-o-v-e i-t! you've started a trend and judging by the 76 comments above me we might see a few more around...you should patent that design! I love it!

    Corrie:)

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  74. Hi Jodie! Your comment about the thin line made me laugh, unexpected since I was drinking coffee at the time! Hadn't really thought of it that way but yeah you're right, it really is great!! The Selvedge Scarf PROVES that, it's an amazing piece of work!!

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  75. It's so pretty! Such a thing that we all normally toss out and you have made something out of it!

    The key chain kills me.

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  76. Son of a gun. These rule. I wish I had both the scarf and the awesome key chain. Great job!

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  77. Hi Jodie,
    Just checking if you do read all your 81 comments!!!You are the new Queen of fabric recycling,(not sure who was the old one)Oh yes,I lurve a clever bit of recycling. Still foraging for selvage for you. xx Liz aka Betty Jo

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  78. Absolutely gorgeous scarf!!

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  79. The day I accumulate enough selveages I am blatantly ripping off this idea. It is brilliant!!

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  80. Hi Jod, I haven't forgotten you, just can't seem to get my email working...

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  81. OH my goodness I love your blog!!!! Thanks for the ideas!!!!

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  82. Very, Very, Very cool. I can't wait to hear about people's reactions to it on the street. You must share!

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  83. You are the Queen of Selvedge Beauties, Jodie!
    I love the scarf and the key chains too.

    Thanks to your inspiration I have a selvedge collection of my own started. Can't wait to make something - hopefully as fabulous as your projects!

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  84. Oh, man. The LAST thing I need is to start a selvedge collection. But that's too cool (I think I like the keyfob bit just as much as the scarf)!

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  85. ultimate gleaning!! too cool. I have a paltry few meters of selvage.

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  86. Very cute and very resourceful!

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  87. Ohhhh Jodie, this is just great and I hope you don't mind my stealing this idea and making myself one too!!! See I've made myself a reversible vest (green backing), various hot and mug mats and lately a hand embellished postcards with selvedges. My friends continuously cut them off and give or send them to me. I still want to make a tote back with them one of these days! Again thank you for this great idea!!!

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  88. You are the selvedge queen and a true genius of the Selvedge Arts.

    xo
    Kay
    www.masondixonknitting.com

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  89. You've inspired me to do SOMETHING with my selvedges. Not sure what...but SOMETHING! :D

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  90. Shannon of MayaBellaSunday, July 27, 2008

    That is so amazing! The color and texture is so great. Super idea!

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  91. This is hilarious. My friend sent me the link to your blog because I collect vintage aprons, buttons, selvedges, ric rac, tape measures -- basically, any habedashery at all really. It's spooky reading through your blog. Good work on the scarf. Mine are just sitting in a shoebox waiting for inspiration to strike.

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  92. well as usual, I am totally behind the curve...
    I adore your selvedge projects, but didn't see any for sale in your etsy shop :(
    I have a fabric shop and would love to send you piles of selvedges if you would like them...just reply with an address you'd like them sent to...
    and please let me know when you list some of these fabulous items for sale

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  93. Your selvedge projects are brilliant; it's such a hoot that folks are offering you their selvedges. What a country!!

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  94. Hi clever selvedge girl. I've got masses of selvedge left over from summer dress production using 3 Amy Butler fabrics. I've hung on to it as I know it's of value to those who like to work with selvedge. Can you send me a postal address and I will put some in the mail to you. I'm in Melbourne so local post. I'd love to see my scraps get put into one of your amazing projects. (I'd email you direct but my computer is kaput so I can only leave comments on blogs from my husband's computer).
    Cheers, Kris

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  95. You are FLIPPIN' Amazing!!!
    I love your drive!
    Truly inspiring! Thank you for
    getting my lazy butt crafting!

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  96. Very cute, I love the keychains. Your amazing.

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  97. Wow!!! Being a scrapaholic, I just have to say that you're amazing!!! I love what you do with your selvedges!! Waste not, want not!!!
    Cheers!
    Mary Ann

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  98. HEY!!! You won the competition on Creative Living... I love the scarf and am now collecting my salvages...I was short listed with our range of children's wear and have now started our own business due to being short listed in the same competition (along with other factors of course) would you mind if i added a link to you from my blog on ones of your salvage pieces...

    Nice to finally find you!!

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  99. Wow, to think, another stitcher who loves selvedge as much as I do!

    Your work is beautiful!

    Sheila

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Hellloooooo !!!!